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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Dream Town is a love letter to the eclectic architecture of Los Angeles. On a snowy day, a boy discovers that his nana grew up in a place that was neither too cold nor too hot. He thinks this sounds boring, but she assures him that her Dream Town was never dull. She talks of a giant tamale, an ocean liner docked around the corner, and a stack of records high as the sky. None of this makes much sense until the final pages, where a series of photographs and a rather lengthy author's note provide some information about the city's unusual architecture from the 1920s to the 1960s, and how it reflected the changing culture of the United States. Sadly, children will have lost interest by this point. Despite the mention of a prevalent magic in the air, the grandmother's story is not engaging enough to explain how these extraordinary sights inspired her. Reese's illustrations are cluttered and overwhelming and do nothing to anchor the text, which suffers greatly from too much whimsy and a lack of plot. This is strictly a special-interest book for fans of L.A.–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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"Where can a traveler find a giant donut, a witch's house and a space station that serves French fries?" -- Kirkus Reviews February 16, 2006

Poetic prose and illustrations both amusing and magical join together to create a paean to the wonders of our imagination. -- Bloomsbury review Mar/April 2006
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597140228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597140225
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle is the acclaimed author of nonfiction picture books for children, including THE FANTASTIC JUNGLES OF HENRI ROUSSEAU, which won the 2013 PEN/Steven Kroll award for exceptional picture book writing, and BRAVE GIRL: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909, winner of the 2014 Jane Addams Award for Younger Readers, and the Bank Street College CBC Award for nonfiction. She lives with her family in West Hills, California.

You can find out more about Michelle by visiting her website at www.michellemarkel.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Sue Minta on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My second grade students were captivated by this book. They couldn't wait to write and illustrate stories about their own "Dream Town." The initial ten minute reading grew into a 45 minute follow-up activity where the children's creativity was sparked by this magical story. Although we live in Los Angeles, and the children were excited about recognizing some of the buildings, I'm sure children everywhere will find this book engaging and will be motivated to discover the intriguing buildings in their own hometown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Alexander on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you love Los Angeles, you're likely to love this book. DREAM TOWN is filled with fantasy descriptions of very real buildings and places in Los Angeles, some from the present, some from the past. I wish I'd had this book when my grandchildren -- who live across the country -- were young and I tried to explain, on the phone, what Los Angeles was like. A great book for kids who live here -- and their parents too!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Berger on March 18, 2008
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I Love Dream Town so much. I have been recommending it to my friends. The words are wonderful, and the Illustrations enchanting. I love the fact that in the back of the book, the are photographs of some of the buildings that created the images in the book. Do you remember the phrase "It tickles my fancy" This book does that'
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